- Terry confessing he has a crush on Lyn
- Nick not keen on Ringo being near Donna
- Donna telling Ringo she needs some space
- Steph letting Sonya know the wedding's a sham
- Sonya and Lucas returning for the wedding
- Steph battling her nerves before walking down the aisle
The wedding march starts and Steph slowly makes her way across the bridge with Summer and Libby leading the way. Steph pauses to exchange a meaningful glance with Sonya, who is sitting up the back with Lucas, but it is misinterpreted as tension by the Ramsay Street guests (Karl, Susan, Ben, Donna and Ringo). Lyn holds up Charlie so he can see while Steph reaches Toadie and Callum at the front.
The celebrant asks everyone to sit and tells Steph and Toadie that it's OK to be nervous. They exchange tight smiles: ‘If only you knew, lady'. The celebrant beams and reminds them of the solemn and binding relationship they're about to enter, then asks if anyone objects to their union. Lyn nearly has a coronary as she waits for a voice to pipe up, as do Steph and Toadie, but Sonya remains stoic and silent.
Charlie brings the rings to the front on a little pillow and they're passed around to the guests in a pouch to “warm with their love and support” before they're worn by the couple. Susan and Karl begin the honours with Karl murmuring that there “won't be much warming going on in the back row”. Libby glances at Lucas and Sonya and quietly asks Steph if she wants her to get them to leave, but Steph says they're fine. The celebrant invites Steph to say her vows, so she takes Toadie's hands and smiles warmly at him.
STEPH: Toad, you've always been there for me. My soulmate. Today is just a piece of paper and it doesn't do you justice. Every day you show me why you're the best person to have by my side. I can't thank you for everything you've done for me, but I'll try. I thank you. I love you and I will always, always be there for you.
Looking a bit misty- eyed, Toadie takes a deep breath before sending out a coded message to Sonya through his vows.
TOADIE: The love of my life is here today. I know we've had our ups and downs and we've even gone our separate ways, but the fact that you are here right now, and you've come back, is proof that we called things off for the wrong reasons. I guess it's just a matter of timing, so whether I have to wait six months or six years, that doesn't really matter. Because when you find that one special person you have to hold onto them no matter what. I know you are a strong independent woman, but if you let me I will love you, I will cherish you and I will never let you go again.
Sonya looks overcome with emotion as the rings are placed into her hands. Toadie steals a quick glance her way before turning back to Steph, which doesn't go unnoticed by Lyn. The rings are returned to the front and exchanged between the bride and groom before the celebrant pronounces them husband and wife. Everyone applauds as Steph and Toadie share a kiss and a look that says, ‘We got through it'.
Terry is pestering Kate and Sophie to help him on his quest to win over “Luscious Lynette”, but they're on their way to the wedding reception. He excitedly tells the girls to score him an invite. Kate's not too sure but Sophie's on his side and runs over to Summer (who has ducked in to find Lyn's camera charger), to ask for her permission. When Summer finds out about Terry's crush she tells the girls that they can bring him but he's not really her Nan's type.
Libby welcomes Steph, Toadie, Callum and Charlie into the reception as all the guests applaud. Donna and Ringo congratulate the couple before moving off to have a chat. Ringo says they should have a dance later but Nick suddenly swoops in and says Donna should probably rest up (he's there to keep an eye on her after her hospital ordeal).
Sonya and Lucas find Steph and Toadie to congratulate them, but Lucas does most of the talking. Steph gives Sonya a look and says they really appreciate the support. Lyn barges in to whisk Steph and Toadie away for some photos, but Toadie manages to tell Sonya that they need to talk.
Toadie and Sonya have found a moment alone outside Charlie's. Toadie thanks her for not telling Lucas the truth, but Sonya says that he's trying to move on.
TOADIE: I'm so sorry for lying to you, for hurting you. I guess you understand why I had to do it.
SONYA: (angry) You didn't have to do anything. Nobody forced you. I wish you weren't so loyal. If you were a jerk it would have been easy to forget you.
Lucas finds Steph sitting by herself but she says she's just resting - Libby convinced her to wear heels and she's regretting it. Steph admits she was worried when he turned up because she thought he might have caused a scene. She thanks him for not wrecking her wedding but Lucas smiles and says it's not why he came.
Toadie tells Sonya he meant every word he said at the ceremony. If he thought there was even the slightest chance she still loved him, he'd be such a happy man. Sonya admits she broke up with David, which makes Toadie smile, but she adds that she has to make a fresh start.
Lucas tells Steph she looks beautiful and Steph apologises for everything that's gone on. Shaking his head, Lucas says it's all water under the bridge.
LUCAS: What we had, it's history now.
He gently touches her arm and says to enjoy the party. Steph tries to look happy but the finality of his words have hit home with her.
Sonya says she's leaving after the party and becomes tense when Toadie tries to hold her hand. She states that she's not going to be “the other woman”.
TOADIE: My commitment to Steph is only for six months, after that I'm all yours.
SONYA: Well I'm sorry - I'm sorry to disrupt ‘the plan'.
TOADIE: I'm not going to tell you what to do, I'm just asking that you consider staying.
SONYA: What about my job? I've moved out of my apartment...
TOADIE: We'll be great together, I know it. I feel it. The only thing that's kept me going through all this craziness is the hope that maybe at the end we could still be together. And I think that you being here shows that there's a part of you that hopes for that too.
Sonya looks teary and doesn't know what to say to him.
Lucas asks if Sonya's glad he dragged her back for the wedding and Sonya admits that it's been interesting. Lucas says he's happy he witnessed it, now he can just move on. Donna walks in for a chocolate fix and to chat with Lucas about Ringo. She loves him and wants to be with him, but the timing is all messed up. Sonya pipes up and says she knows how that feels.
DONNA: I've missed out on knowing my dad for eighteen years, I just don't reckon he's ready to share me yet.
LUCAS: OK, well ask Ringo to wait.
DONNA: Do you think he would?
LUCAS: That's for Ringo to decide.
Donna ponders this as she heads back to the counter, as does Sonya. She asks Lucas if he really thinks it's OK to ask someone to wait for you. Lucas admits he has no idea, but he knows that Donna and Ringo want to be together so “what's a little wait?” Sonya looks encouraged by this thought.
Sonya stares at Charlie's Bar and gets a smile on her face. She's about to purposefully stride inside when Callum sees her and races over for a hug. He says he's stoked she came and that they can totally have a dance together. They walk back to the reception arm- in- arm.
When Lyn sees Sonya walk in with Callum she is absolutely appalled. She sends Callum off to check the microphones for the speeches and has a go at Sonya.
LYN: Aren't you ashamed of yourself? Manipulating Callum so you can get another crack at the groom?
SONYA: Excuse me?!
LYN: I know why you're here.
SONYA: You know nothing about me!
Summer interrupts to drag Lyn over to meet Terry (who has arrived with Kate and Sophie), but Lyn is too distracted by Sonya and doesn't even register that Terry's making an effort to compliment her on her outfit. Lyn quickly rushes off to make a speech, much to Terry's disappointment.
Cut to a bit later as Lyn is halfway through her speeches.
LYN: And Toadie, we welcome you wholeheartedly into our family. May your love for my daughter only deepen and strengthen with time. May you both enjoy a long and happy marriage and may you give me lots, and lots and lots of grandkids!
Everyone cheers, aside from Sonya who is practically seething at Lyn, and Steph and Toadie who share a big, ‘WTF is she on?' between themselves. Oh Lyn, you are more frustrating than a vuvuzela at the World Cup. Terry comments to Kate that Lyn is a class act and is probably out of his league, which Karl overhears.
KARL: Excuse me, are you trying to pick up Lyn Scully?
SUSAN: Karl it's none of your business.
TERRY: Yeah, sure, have you got any advice for me?
KARL: Yes... Don't!
Susan elbows Karl and tells Terry not to listen to him. Kate encourages Terry to just be himself, but he doesn't want to interrupt Lyn while she's talking to the bride.
A short while later Steph and Toadie cut the cake and the crowd is all, “Hooray! Applause!” except for Sonya who is all, “Clap, clap... What the hell ever”. Steph races after her mum when she notices that she's making a beeline for Sonya. Lyn says that Steph is naive and that Sonya could spill the secret whether she means to or not. But Steph pulls rank as the bride and orders Lyn to come and eat cake with them and leave Sonya alone.
Sophie and Kate feel sorry for Terry, who is tucking into a plate of food on his lonesome. Ringo is swaying carefully with Donna on the dance floor, pleased that she saved him a dance after all. They look happy together but Donna says she still needs time - she doesn't want to rush anything. Nick looks concerned and says Donna might need a rest, but Donna says she's fine. Ringo does the gentleman- ly thing and tells Nick to finish the dance with Donna, which pleases him.
Ringo heads over to the tables and asks Sophie if she wants to take a spin on the dance floor. Sophie says yes, only if Ringo can keep up with her. Kate takes pity on Terry and says that he can be her dance partner since Declan got roped into working in the kitchen. Terry smiles and says it would be an honour.
Everyone's laughing and dancing and having a good time. Libby dances with Steph and wonders if it's weird having Sonya around, but Steph says she's totally cool with it. Libby says Steph's a bigger woman than her but Steph just points out her baby belly and says, “Literally!”
Susan and Karl finish what looks to be a very awkward chat with Sonya and move away just as Lyn pops into frame to capture her prey, like Jaws, if Jaws wore purple and was offering a piece of wedding cake.
LYN: (in a pitying tone) Why are you still here?
SONYA: Mrs Scully, look, I don't know what you're expecting me to do but I'm not here to cause any drama.
LYN: I just feel so sorry for you.
SONYA: Do you?
LYN: Well yeah, you're like some stray dog waiting outside for the scraps.
Sonya looks like she's been punched in the gut and Lyn places the cake in her hands.
LYN: Go home, dear. You're not needed here.
SONYA: Yeah well I'm not sure that Toadie would agree.
LYN: Well Toadie's a married man.
SONYA: Well Toadie thinks that we have a future.
LYN: I can tell you about Toadie's future if you like. You see, once he's settled into family life with Steph and the kids he'll know exactly where he belongs.
SONYA: In a loveless marriage?
LYN: Oh dear Sonya, no one goes that far out of their way unless it's love. Of course he loves her. Well, he always has.
They look over at Steph and Toadie dancing happily with the kids, Libby and Ben and Lyn walks away with a big, satisfied smirk on her face. Sonya looks devastated and throws the cake away in disgust before rushing out.
Towards the end of the night Steph is organising all the women into a group so she can throw the bouquet. Summer takes a bit of convincing, but Susan is ready and raring to go (surely you don't need another wedding, Suse). Donna opts to sit it out so she doesn't bust her surgery stitches, as does Libby, who has just received a phone call from Doug who is running late. Steph notices Toadie looking worried and she dashes over to him to find out that Sonya is gone. Lyn happily tells them that she sent her packing, much to their horror. Steph tells Toadie to go and find her - she'll keep everyone distracted.
Sonya tries not to cry as she storms over to her car. She's fumbling around in her purse for her keys when Toadie finds her and begs her to stay.
TOADIE: Whatever Lyn said, it's a lie.
SONYA: Toadie I'm just going to go.
TOADIE: I love you.
All the women hustle for a good position to catch the bouquet, with Susan jokingly bumping everyone out of the way. But Steph throws it off course and it ‘magically' winds up in Donna's hands. She's stoked, Ringo grins at her and Nick doesn't quite know what to make of it.
Toadie and Sonya are all upset and emotional. Toadie knows things are crazy but he would rather spend the next six months in limbo than forever without her. Sonya finally admits she feels the same way and dives in to kiss him - just as Libby appears in the background and sees them.
(Tomorrow on Neighbours)
(Libby is letting off steam at Doug about what she saw)
LIBBY: Who does that on their wedding day to their brand new wife who is about to have their baby?!
(Toadie tries to reassure Libby everything's fine)
TOADIE: Really, there's nothing to worry about here.
LIBBY: You still have feelings for her.
TOADIE: Where do you get off, Lib?
(Steph is feeling stressed about it all)
STEPH: This wedding was meant to fix everything, Toad.
TOADIE: I know.
(Ringo has a chat with Donna)
RINGO: If I'm wrong just tell me and I'll back right off. But if I'm right then why wait if we can be together now?
(Ringo tries to get Nick onside)
RINGO: So you're cool with it?
NICK: I wouldn't go that far.
(Donna and Ringo are in Charlie's)
RINGO: Donna Freedman, I love you.